Occupy Tucson vows to stick it outPosted: Updated:
TUCSON, Ariz. -- They've been fined, they've been moved from park to park and now they're toughing it out in chilly temperatures.
Occupy Tucson demonstrators are still camping downtown, but they say the weather and pending actions by the City of Tucson will not make them go away.
"I like this better than the commercial tents," said occupier Mike Robbins.
Robins is an unemployed contractor who survived last night's storm with blankets and waterproof tarps.
"It's for all of us, you know. It's for you, it's for me it's for everyone who doesn't live in the ivory towers," said occupier Robbins.
Robins says he'll brave the elements to deliver the 99% message, even as he's close to losing his home.
"Our auction is scheduled for November 23 and I've been negotiating with our servicer since February of 2009," said McLane.
The occupation may have to find its new home by the end of the week.
On Friday the City Manager vowed to evict demonstrators to make way for the Veteran's Day Parade.
It turns out the route will not run along Veinte de Agosto Park. A spokesman says the city has not decided if or how it will take action against protesters.
"Well as far as we know we haven't been given any alternative of where we will go," said occupier Jon McLane.
Army veteran Jon McLane compares the occupy experience to his service in Iraq.
"You really get an assessment of exactly how much the human body can take and you realize the stuff you think could kill you really doesn't," McLane said.
He's withstanding the weather in a shabby tent and bundles of clothes.
"One thing that we learned much like being in the military is wearing several layers like right now I'm wearing probably about three or four different layers," McLane said.
There were dozens of tents and clothes set out to dry, but the camp Monday was otherwise deserted because demonstrators had left seeking a place to warm up.
No one here is willing to speculate on what might happen by the end of the week.
Lawyers for the protesters are filing a lawsuit in federal court. They're asking a judge to stop the city from enforcing its ban on people spending the night in public parks.